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(November 3,1950 / Selma, Alabama)

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I'm So Tired

I'm so tired
so tired...wish to wash away my life
in a river beneath a bridge...
flow out to sea and swim away
with slow deliberate strokes

The plane exploded on takeoff
The pilot was knocked unconscious
My father ran out to the plane engulfed in flames
and pulled the pilot out to safety
The Army thought it was worth a silver medal

I feel the lemmings crowding me closer to the edge
But they have a purpose and say it should not be denied
And as I struggle in my place to retain
Not a squeal did I hear as they toppled into their peril

An industrial accident took my father's life away
He died that day but it took another twenty years to kill him
I remember his young confident face from the world war photographs
You could see along with the others that the Japs didn't have a chance

I changed my mind now as I look below to sea
Thousands and thousands of little lemming's bodies
washing out to sea
Yet they seem so pesceful...pure and free

Submitted: Wednesday, March 06, 2013


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  • Paul Brookes (4/18/2013 12:41:00 AM)

    Well don't go just yet other wise I won't ave the pleasure of youor comments Sometimes we all think what the hell but here we are, refuges from lifes storm. Babbling Brookes (also known as Paul)

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  • Shahzia Batool (4/11/2013 12:38:00 PM)

    You know well how to carry the reader alongwith your imagination, description and narration, as it is so obvious by switching over from present to past tense...alliterative phrases don't look like the result of an effort...and the theme is poignant...touched old shadows here too...

  • Valerie Dohren (4/4/2013 5:17:00 AM)

    Seem to have missed this one Thomas - glad I found it, very poignant and moving, and beautifully written. Sad memories indeed.

  • Neethu Prasanna (4/4/2013 2:01:00 AM)

    Oh man! it is so touching. Great poem

  • Patricia Grantham (4/2/2013 12:07:00 PM)

    A very solemn piece of poetry. Trouble does not last always, but memories
    do. Enjoyed the write.

  • Diane Hine (3/20/2013 7:42:00 PM)

    My Dad died when I was one but I always liked it when Mum talked about him.
    This is a melancholy, wistful poem but a fine tribute too.

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (3/13/2013 11:34:00 AM)

    The filial love exhibited is exemplary and touching! Beautiful!

  • Lyn Paul (3/10/2013 8:37:00 AM)

    Have you just written this? Such amazing words with so much sadness. A moving picture.

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (3/8/2013 9:22:00 PM)

    a particular imagination is not agreeable, still the poem is wonderful that has talked about the love of the son towards his father. I have a very soft spot for the men as the fathers, because I had a wonderful father in this birth...so Fathers are great and so this poem is! ! !

  • Neela Nath (3/7/2013 7:28:00 PM)

    You have a special place of respect for your father.You are nostalgic here.Loved.

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